I’ve been thinking about this for quite a while now. I hope this is the right place to ask this question.
I’m wondering if Covid-19 has been (passively) allowed by God to get our attention as humanity who have been so proud of our achievements without Him; or actively sent by God as a judgement (assuming there is a difference between the two?).
The BibleProject had an episode I remember a long while back, where it described the tower of Babel as humanity using a new technology - the brick - to build something and come together against God and they were scattered by the change of language.
Covid seems to have shown just how fragile society is; and how much this current situation has caused so much fracture in society. I’m from Australia; where there is a bit of an uproar at the moment with the arrest of a lady, who had a search warrant excessed at her home by the police for posting a facebook post; the computers/phones seized, and she was arrested under the law of ‘incitement’; (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GP9-z3jfnuQ), and even a full post denouncing the actions of the Victorian government from the director of Australian Christian Lobby here in Australia (https://www.facebook.com/martynlloydiles) But from my perspective, this pales into insignificance from what appears to be a downright mess in America at the moment.
Please note that I’m a committed Christian for >30 years; and that I fully support government as ordained by God (Romans 13:1-2); the government not bearing the sword in vain, and that those that do evil will be punished by them, and those that do good have nothing to fear ( Romans 13:3-7), the teaching that Christians should try to live a peaceable life and get along with everyone ( Romans 12:17-19). I do quietly follow with interest John McArthur also taking a stand with Grace Community Church in California.
I work in IT and already am already fairly hardened (for want of a better word) to how much society is built on technology. After all, your bank balance is just a number of a computer somewhere. Yes I know technology is a-moral and it can be used for either good or evil purposes by moral humans.
Here’s an article with some thoughts. I thought these lines were interesting. I wonder if God is actively (but still gently) scattering what humans have built their lives on, to get their attention. If we’re really honest in the West we rely on the economy, our prowess to do our jobs, our family, our bank balance before we rely on God.
Progress for the human species does not equal progress for the human soul, and the consequences of allowing limitless power fall into the hands of these “indecent” people could be catastrophic.
This project of constant building to the skies reminds me of the ancient Near East myth of the Tower of Babel, which Biblical authors folded into the Book of Genesis to stand as a testament to God’s power and a warning to human beings who seek to raise themselves up without His guidance or approval. Whatever Higher Power you subscribe to, you cannot deny that human power cannot be increased without limit without a matching elevation of human responsibility at the level of the individual as well as the collective. To do otherwise, is to invite a similar scattering of human potential as our egos grow beyond our ethics.